alexa Factors influencing variation of test day milk yield, somatic cell count, fat, and protein in dairy sheep.
Food & Nutrition

Food & Nutrition

Advances in Dairy Research

Author(s): Carlos Gonzalo, Juan A Carriedo, Jesus A Baro, Fermin San Primitivo

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Between January and July 1992, 8403 monthly test day records were obtained from 3202 ewes from 22 Churra dairy flocks in the Castilla-León region of Spain. Variables measured were milk yield, SCC, and fat and protein percentages; means were 912 ml, 1501 x 10(3) cells/ml, 6.76%, and 6.28%. Analysis of variance showed significant effects of flock, stage of lactation, parity, and type of birth on milk yield, SCC, and composition. Variability in SCC among flocks was high and ranged from 420 to 2719 x 10(3) cells/ml. During lactation, SCC and fat and protein percentages showed increases of 31.2, 37.6, and 20.3%. Twin birth ewes had higher SCC (8.6%) and yield (4.4%) than single birth ewes. However, fat and protein fell 1.7 and .8% in twin birth ewes. The parity effect was highly significant for yield, SCC, and fat; first lactation was always lower. A statistical model similar to that for dairy cattle was used to predict milk yield on the basis of flock, ewes within the flock, lactation stage, parity number, type of birth, and SCC. The model predicted 73% of the variation in milk yield.

This article was published in J Dairy Sci and referenced in Advances in Dairy Research

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